Allo Darlin’ return to Cambridge this month for a show at the Cambridge Union Society. They will be bringing their infectious classic indie pop vibes along with them, but what will they be listening to on their way to the show? Explorer caught up with the London based foursome to see what’s on their playlist right now…
“Mine is Andrew in Drag by The Magnetic Fields. A song about a straight guy who has only ever loved one girl, his straight friend Andrew, in drag. Songs don’t get much better and it’s been stuck in my head for weeks.”
“I Don’t Want Control Of You by Teenage Fanclub. I’ve listened to this song over the last year maybe more than any other. I rediscovered Teenage Fanclub recently -- I’d listened to Grand Prix and Bandwagonesque as a teenager but didn’t hear their later releases until recently. Our friend Giles played us ‘Songs from Northern Britain’ in the van during our European tour in 2011. To me it was like unearthing a lost gem.
“I love the idiosyncratic banjo intro to this, it’s like something Pavement would do. I like it when bands shoehorn odd cuttings of instrumentals or sounds into a record. As with most Fanclub songs, the harmonies are amazing as is the Harrison-esque melodic guitar solo. There are horns. There is a well timed and tasteful key change at the end, almost to prove that it can be done without soaring off into the atmosphere after a Phil Collins style drum fill, which most bad pop music has a tendency to do. Trying to explain the lyrics is going to sound corny, but you’d probably be incapable of feeling if you couldn’t connect with them in some way.
“Today the song is Be A Doll and Take My Heart By Herman Dune from Strange Moosic. It makes me think of travelling, which a lot of Herman Dune does. I thought I’d gone off them a bit but something about the shaker in the chorus -- particularly the last chorus -- made my heart skip just recently when it was in need of skipping. I think I listened to it six times yesterday.”
“It’s Postcard to Nina by Jens Lekman for me. I just opened a cafe with my girlfriend on the Kent coast. It’s been a huge amount of work and after our opening evening it came on randomly when we closed and we drank wine and danced.”
Allo Darlin’, Friday 20 April. Cost: £8.50 Cambridge Union Society, Bridge Street. Tickets from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/151233